Calixtino Codex (chosen by UNESCO as the “Memory of the World Register”), Book V, 12th century, Medieval pilgrim’s guide. Translation and notes by A. Moralejo, C. Torres and J. Feo. Edition under the care of María José García Blanco. 2nd edition, 2018.
A key and foundational text of European identity. This Book V of the Calixtino Codex is the first guide that describes the Camino de Santiago and its goal. Made around 1140, probably by a French monk, it stops at the places, monuments and people that it finds on its way along the Camino de Santiago. It is considered the first travel guide in Europe.
The Medieval Pilgrim’s Guide that the pilgrim, reader or tourist now has in his hands, will take him to travel through some unique places in that Europe of the mid-12th century, the route that we know today as the French Way and that he lived, already at that time , hours of splendor.
These pages provide valuable information for the medieval pilgrim, it will make us travel to the early days of pilgrimages: they describe, for example, the quality of the waters of the great rivers that the Camino crosses (from the tributaries of the Ebro to the Sar) . We also find the oldest known list of Basque voices and one of the first phrase lists for travelers. The author also pauses in describing shrines, relics and martyrs that the pilgrim must know.
Until concluding with an invaluable description of Santiago de Compostela, defined here as “the happiest and most exalted of all the cities of Spain”, at the same time that it provides numerous details of its cathedral, in times so distant when not even the Portico de la Gloria had been built.
An essential treasure for all lovers of the Camino, the city of Santiago and European culture.
Bound in paperback with flaps, illustrated covers. Format 12.2 x 22.2 cm. 176 pages.
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